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Peak Organic Fresh Cut | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Fresh CutPeak Organic Fresh Cut

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Flounder57 on 09-06-2013

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Photo of AlcahueteJ
2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, I had high hopes based on favorable reviews for Peak Organic's Fresh Cut Pilsner. I bought two bottles last night. It's supposed to be a Czech pils, but...not really. Another over-the-top hoppy lager. The nose and taste both are wonderful, if you want an IPA. Dominated by fresh grapefruit, making it hard to find the malt in this beer. Even the color is off, as it looks like a partially hazy golden lager....at least the slight haze part they got right.

I assume this is what they were aiming for though, with a name like "Fresh Cut." Hop heads who want a hop-forward low abv beer that's crisper than an IPA will love it. Pilsner fans will not.

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Photo of Snave
2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I found this beer on sale at my local grocery store. Being a fan of pilsner I thought I would check out the reviews and I decided to get a 12 pack.

After drinking my first one, I wonder if I am tasting the same beer the other reviewers tried.

The beer had a very bready/lemon smell.

It poured a pale yellow with a thick foamy head.

The first taste I was expecting a typical pilsner with a slightly bitter taste, clean finish and no lingering after taste.

What I got was something that tasted a lot like an IPA. Very hoppy with a grassy aftertaste that stays with you long after you finish the beer.

I don't care for IPA, that's why I stick to mostly lagers. This beer definitely dissapointed me and I have 11 more of them I'm not sure what to do with. I guess I will invite some friends over.

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Photo of snilsen13
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from can
hazy yellow, thin head with some lacing
no strong smell in glass
pine smell just before tasting
medium hop flavor, clean, not much malt flavor
aftertaste is a little sour, but basically finishes dry
thin body, decent carb
easy to drink but nothing special, this beer needs some malt/yeast character.
there are several widely available domestic pils I would choose over this, such as Victory.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow gold, minimal head, with droopy sticky lace.

Bready aromas with lemon, corn, and spicy yet measured pine.

Flavor is lemony, bready malt.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. I like the frothy texture, if not the unimpressive retention. At least a lot of lacing is left behind as the head (quickly) fades. (2.75)

Smell: I seem to pick up a lot of buttery diacetyl, undermining the hop characteristics - Shipyard strikes again? There are nonetheless touches of grass and bell pepper coming through, along with some sugar cookie sweetness. Luckily, the hops shine more vividly as it opens up. It's slightly different for a pilsner, and really not bad smelling at all. (3.25)

Taste: Just like the nose suggested, except even worse: diacetyl runs roughshod over the entire flavor profile. It completely steamrolls both the grassy hops and malt sweetness. I get used to the diacetyl-heavy flavor, but I never learn to enjoy it. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for a pilsner, with a good dryness. Even with the lingering malt sweetness, it's dry and easy drinking. High carbonation aids its mouthfeel. At least this part of the beer is successful... (3.5)

Overall: Underwhelming is the only word for this. Maybe I should sample it fresher, but it couldn't have degraded that badly after two and a half months. I will not be on the look for this one again. (2.75)

2.95/5: Oops, our lawn is turning brown

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Photo of atr2605
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a white sudsy head with good retention that leaves some lacing
S-lots of lemon, grassy,slightly herbal
T-tons of resin, pine, and grass with some citrus in the background
M-light and crisp, good amount of carbonation
O-not a subtle pilsner, more of an over hopped blonde ale. Tastes good but not real accurate of the style

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Photo of dar482
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a straw color.

The aroma offers medium bready sweet malt, light floral, hints of diacetyl.

The flavor is light bready malts, with a gentle bitterness with more floral, hints of lingering grass. The body is medium with medium carbonation with the malt covering the bubbles slightly.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a good hops bitterness for the style. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character, but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better options in the style.

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Photo of jpro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a cloudy, straw gold... very light, with a wispy head of about one finger of foam - leaves a few strands of lace. Musty tropical fruit on the nose, as well as citrus and light malt sweetness. Taste is pretty hoppy without much malt back-up; citrus rind; light resin; a touch chalky... pretty bitter, actually. Light mouthfeel and high carbonation - pilsnery. Not a bad summer beer, I guess.

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Photo of Beejay
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy with a large white head.

S: Lots of hop character, but that isn't surprising form something labeled dry hopped. Grapefruit and orange peel.

T: Taste follows, orange peel, and grapefruit hops, perhaps with a touch of pine in the finish. Grain character is light, and otherwise it is a pretty clean tasting brew.. Almost a little humdrum.

M: Light and crisp, with moderate to high carbonation, some cling in the finish.

O: Good, but nothing really calls out as pilsner to me.. this could just be a clean IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottled 6/16/14.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grass and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a surprising hop punch that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BigGold
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at B & G Oysters, Boston, Mass., poured from 12-oz. can into tumbler. Not a polished presentation, but still a pretty good effort at the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head that becomes just a ring of bubbles. Decent spots for lace. The liquid is a cloudy dark straw color.

Mild but clean true Czech Pilsner aroma.

The flavor is far stronger than the smell indicates. Starts with a soft pale malt taste with no graininess. The hop comes on very strong and quickly. More neutral bitter than anything else. Borderline harsh, certainly too much for a pilsner. Full bodied for the style but not too rich. Good carbonation.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

August 10, 2014

12 oz bottle; Pilsner glass

A – Straw, very light gold. Definitely in line with the German style pilsner. Very minor foam on top that only lasted for a few seconds.

S – Tons of grass, pine, some grapefruit. Has an acidic, bitter finish on the sniff. Very earthy, smells like wild bush in the forest, or like I dumped lawn clippings in my beer. In a good way. It lives up to the name.

T – Very bitter and hop-forward. Lots of hop flavor, again very grassy and piney. More of the assertive hoppiness I’d expect of a Czech pils but with American hop character.

M – Very bitter aftertaste and finish, extremely crisp. Carbonation feels like a million tiny bubbles washing over my tongue. Would go great with spicy foods as it cleans the palate nicely.

O – This is a very crisp, fresh-tasting beer, and I think an excellent example of a GERMAN-style pilsner, but highly Americanized. The bitterness is very assertive, and I think this would pair well with a lot of flavorful, richer, or spicy foods. No something I’d drink a lot of on its own, but I have no complaints.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a very earthy, grassy taste. It leaves a tingly feel on the tongue. There's a sugary candy taste, powdery grape. A very mild hoppy bite. It has a good taste, but there's a strange sugary undercurrent that cuts a bit much.

The color is a dull straw gold, semi-opaque, with a good foamy white head and some lacing. A bubble here and there. Very, very weed-like scent. Strong and lovely.

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Photo of illpass78
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy straw with a big pillowy white head. Somewhat surprised by the haze. Expected clear. Maybe I didn't read the label closely.

Aroma: Smells of grass, hops, lemon and slight toast.

Taste: Taste follows the nose - it's fairly grass-forward. Decent dry hoppy bite. Finishes easily.

Mouthfeel: Good summer depth.

Overall: Decent pilsner. There are better crafty pilsners on the market - MOAT's comes to mind, as does Narragansett's Bohemian - but it has flavor and appropriate body. A good companion for tacos or pizza. Sneak this to your annoying Coors Light-swilling buddy and then make fun of them for drinking organic beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with way too much carbonation, forcing me to stop pouring with 1/4 of the bottle left, a big fizzy airy slightly creamy but bubbly 3 finger head fades semi quickly but reinforced by tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom even with no etch at the bottom, mostly clear little hazy watery lemon yellow color.

Nose isn't too bad, but quite light and hard to get a lot of aroma out of it, mild grainy toasty pilsner malt, quite grassy and some straw, hint lemony too, some light lemony grassy hops but a decent hop base, little bready and doughy too.

Taste is decent, much more flavor than I expected, quite lemony too, with a lemon rind bitterness, lemony hops, little grassy hops and slightly spicy, fair bitterness too. Malts are light though, little grainy bready doughy, some toasty pilsner malts, a little wheat like it almost seems, mild hay and lemongrass, fairly grassy in the malt category too, again too much carbonation and bitterness just gets rampant. Finish lingers for a while, it dries quite a bit but more lemon rind, and astringent bitterness takes over and almost makes the beer a bit unpleasant, but not quite there.

Mouth is lighter bod, too much carbonation that gets in the way.

Overall meh, nothing special, but then again I don't expect much from Peak Organic, so perhaps it's more on the "good" side for a beer from them, a big hop presence that starts nice, but gets too lemony and astringent, decent malt just wish there was more of it, but too much carbonation, and that lemon astringent character is too much.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep straw producing 2 fingers of foamy, clumpy, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves webby sheets of lace. Aroma is crisp & dry, pilsner malts, biscuit & cracker, lemon/orange & grassy hops. There is something in the aroma that is reminiscent of beaten egg whites/meringue. Taste is a more vibrant version of the the nose: pilsner malt, cracker/biscuit with lemony & grassy hops with bitterness & dryness developing in the mid-sip & intensifying through the finish & aftertaste where it lingers as a heavy & bitterness & astringency. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, crisp, astringent & lightly prickly.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with faint hints of the underlying bready malts.
T: Much like the smell, flavors of grassy hops stand out in the taste and contribute a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. The hints of bready malts are a bit stronger compared to the smell, but are still overshadowed by the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tasted a lot more like an ale than a lager and seemed like a hoppier version of an APA. It's not a bad choice if you like hops and want something that's lighter in body, but I found it unusual that it had lots of crispness for a lager, which seems unusual compared to some of the Imperial Pale Lagers that I've tried.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Tall 12oz bottle releases a semi-hazy extremely pale golden body into my glass. The head is white and foamy with decent retention dying to a fluffy ring around the beer. Lacing is fairly plentiful with sheets and webs around the serving vessel.

S- Dry hopping provides hop hints out of the ordinary Noble or spicy Saaz range. Citrus fruits are present along with floral, grassy and spicy notes. Slight Pilsner grain and yeast but mostly clean. Lacks overall strength.

T- Feels more like a traditional Pilsener here with a lot of the fruity hops in the aroma failing to show up, they do just a bit with a hint of lemon. Grassy, herbal and spicy hops rounded out by pale bready malts.

MF- Light bodied but a substantial creamy feeling on the palate. Carbonation comes down on the high side of things contributing to that smooth puffiness. Grassy bitter finish.

A solid Pils with just a bit of non-traditional hop hints outside of the normal Saaz barrage. Good but doesn't stack up with the greats in terms of lager yeast and hop bite.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled 04/06/15. Sampled on June 4, 2015.

Slightly hazy pale yellow pour under a huge white head.

Aroma of European barley and grainy malts, bread, and slightly grassy.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is sweet and toasty with a mild to moderate balanced bitterness. Ends clean.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, you guessed it. That beer came by way of woodychandler. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by citrus, light grassiness. Taste is well balanced citrus hops and malts, extremely refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a clear golden body with a big white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas are big on freshly cut grass with heaps and heaps of fresh Meyer lemons. Flavors have an initial honey Graham cracker sweetness before the green grassy taste blended with lemon peel dominates the middle and the finish. I'd like a Pilsner that isn't shy about its taste. This is a wonderful summer beer.

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Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 19 June 2015

Appearance: Pours a really cloudy golden color with a soapy white head. Definitely did not expect this to be cloudy, but with the dry hopping I'm not overly surprised.

Smell: Huge citrus hoppiness in the nose and definitely some grassiness too.

Taste: Tons of hops again, with little to no malt presence, which is disappointing. The beer tastes fine, but it's definitely no 'pilsener' (as is reflected in the overall rating). This is basically a session IPA with all these hops, as the subtle biscuity notes that lager heads love are all but absent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. The body seemed a bit thicker than I was expecting.

Overall: A good beer for IPA drinkers for sure- and don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this beer!- but it is not a pilsener.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pale golden body with bubbly white head. Modest retention but nice lacing.

S - Light citrus hop

T - Nice dry pine and floral hops. Malts are doughy and spicy.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and slightly thin.

O - This was very enjoyable. But I would have preferred a stronger malt presence to give it more body and balance.

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Peak Organic Fresh Cut from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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